Author Archives: Jane Hyde

Wetwheels Hamble campaign launch

Disabled and disadvantaged people in the Solent region could soon be taking control of their own specially adapted powerboat, based at the Royal Southern Yacht Club. National powerboating charity Wetwheels has launched its fundraising campaign to bring one of its purpose-built, fully-accessible vessels to the region. The charity already operates a boat in Portsmouth and another in Jersey. Yachtsman and ...

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LIGHTHOUSE UPGRADED

Raymarine has upgraded the Lighthouse II operating system for its multifunction displays. LightHouse II Release 14 offers multiple tools to help sailors determine the quickest, most efficient ways to navigate while racing or cruising. The free update is available for aSeries, cSeries, eSeries, gS Series, and the new eS Series line of high performance MFDs. LightHouse II Release 14 is ...

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Finding the country’s top sporting destination

The national tourist board has launched a quest to find the country’s top sporting destination, and has asked the public to send in their nominations. By submitting an image of their ‘home of sport’ sports fans will help decide the jewel in England’s sporting crown, no mean feat in a country that is world-renowned for its sporting heritage. In its ...

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ThunderCat racing heading to Portsmouth

ThunderCat racing will be heading to Portsmouth on  27 and 28 June. Rounds 7 and 8 of the RYA TunderCat National Championship will see 21 4m inflatable boats compete. Under the power of a 50hp outboard the boats can reach speeds of more than 60mph as the teams battle for pole positions, a place in the top 12 and ultimately ...

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Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard leaves Torbay

On Sunday the Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard fleet departed Torbay in spectacular style. Docking out from Torquay Harbour, the 39 skippers made their way out to the start line waving goodbye to the local crowds lining Haldon Pier. Out in the Bay, the fleet was blessed champagne conditions – sunshine and a good breeze filling their sails. British ...

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Lost and found

When Pete Nicholson lost his IC-M35 Marine VHF handportable overboard at work on the Bristol Channel he thought it was lost for good. Peter takes up the story. “In May 2014, I lost my Icom IC-M35 handheld radio while at work. We were practicing fast turns on a swift water rescue boat just off Combwich on the River Parrett in ...

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Bonkers Brash Round Britain Challenge

Challenge enthusiast Richard ‘Bonkers’ Brash is set to be the first person to attempt a quadrathlon around the Coast of Britain this July, to raise money for children’s hospice at home The Pepper Foundation. Richard will run, swim, cycle and kayak his way round 2740 miles of English, Scottish and Welsh mainland Coast in 28 days with the aim of ...

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Southampton Boat Show 2015

The Southampton Boat Show returns in September and includes one of Europe’s biggest purpose-built marinas. Now in its 47th year, the event will showcase the  best that the international marine industry has to offer with thousands of boats, brands and equipment on display and will feature the very latest world launches. There will be plenty of opportunities to get out ...

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Cats racing heading to the Solent

Racing on the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour fires up again next week with its second event when the 32ft one design foiling catamarans come to the UK. They will race on the Solent for three days before competing in the Island Sailing Club’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 27 June. Following the first event on the ...

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Unicef enter world’s longest race

Unicef are entering a yacht entry in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The cost of the team entry has been donated by the race organisers to Unicef UK, the Official Clipper 2015-16 Race Charity. Jim Prendergast from Gosport has been named as the skipper who will lead the Unicef team. Clipper Race CEO William Ward explained: “The Clipper ...

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